Cordal Pipped by Castlegregory in Thriller

Cordal 2-14 Castlegregory 2-15
An exhilarating contest took place on Saturday evening in picturesque Castlegregory as Cordal paired off against the sea-siders in the County Junior Football Championship. It was the home side which hit the ground running racking up four points inside the first ten minutes with Anton Kelliher hitting two.

Paddy Flynn, Cordal GAA Club PRO.
Paddy Flynn, Cordal GAA Club PRO.

Report: Paddy Flynn
Philip O Connor got his first of the game before Castle hit another three as things were starting to look tough for the visitiors. Cordal seemed to struggle all over to cope with the pace and running power of the opposition.
However, they were handed a lifeline midway inside the first half as a goal bound shot was blocked by a leg and the ref pointed for the penalty spot, Micheal Cahill coolly dispatched into the top corner. This didn’t upset the home side though as they knocked on another two points, with one of these being Timmy Moriarty’s third from play.
Score-board Looked Bleak
Things started to look worse for Cordal when Liam Maunsell found the back of the net. The scoreboard was starting to look bleak for the boys in blue and gold but their talisman Philip O’ Connor hit two quick successive points to put a little gloss on the board to leave it 1-09 to 1-04 at half time.
Cordal came out in the second half with only one thing on their minds – getting back into the game. They started as they finished the first with Philip hitting another brace before Pa Naughton narrowed the gap further. Things were starting to look up for the visitors but Castle soon hit another blow as the Cordal defense was stretched again as they found the back of the net.
Best Passage of Play
They followed this up with another good passage of play as they hit three more points to maintain their half time lead. The game was starting to look dead and buried before Cordal hit their best passage of play with 10 minutes to go.
They hit six unanswered points to bring them within sight of an amazing come back. With time running out, the referee awarded Cordal another penalty for the same foul as the first.
Micheal Cahill repeated his earlier calmness. With the game now in injury-time the referee blew the final whistle as the home side ran out the victors by the minimum of a single point. The final score after an action packed game was: 2-15 to 2-14.
Hard luck to our lads on being knocked out of the championship. The second half proved that this side has a never-say-die mentality and they were just short a minute or two this time around.
Cordal team: 1.Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin; 2.Micheal Cahill, 2-0; 3.John Brosnan; 4. Padraig Brosnan, 5. Billy Cronin; 6. Johnny O’Connor; 7. Daniel O’Connor; 8. Brian Reidy, 0-02; 9. Donal McCarthy, 10. Pa Naughton, 0-01; 11. Philip O’Connor, 0-8; 12. Niall Ó Ciardubháin, 0-1; 13. Kieran O’Donoghue, 0-1; 14. Gearoid O’Leary, 0-1 and 15. Michael Flynn.
Subs: John Mannix, Gary O’Leary, Flor Griffin, Jason Cronin, David O’Leary, Jack McAuliffe and Padraig O’Connell.
April Lotto Not Won
The April Lotto Draw was held on May 2nd.  The jackpot of €6,600 was not won so it will roll over to the May draw. The numbers called were 1, 6, 14 and 30. Lucky dips went to: Don Earley Ardara, Co. Donegal; Nick Mulcahy, Meelin, Co. Cork; Aine Collins, Knockachur; Willie O’Connor, Knockatee and to Neily Shanahan, Currow.
Well done and thanks to the Coiste na nÓg Officers and their team of sellers and all who supported the club by buying lotto tickets.
Cordal GAA Club May Lotto of €6,800 at Kearney’s Bar
The May Draw will take place on Sunday Night on the 29th of May in Kearney’s Bar Castleisland. The Senior Players team under Sean Óg O’Ciardubhain and John Brosnan are in charge of the Lotto for this month and the new jackpot stands at a huge €6,800. So get your tickets from our sellers or at Kearney’s Post Office or Jackie Reidy’s Menswear. You can also buy tickets online at Best of Luck in the May Lotto from Cordal GAA!
Clothes Collection for Cordal GAA
Cordal GAA Club members are collecting: Clothes, Shoes, Belts, Bags, Curtains and Sheets. This is a continuous collection by the club and all funds raised will help to improve the club’s facilities. Donations can be dropped off at Jackie Reidy’s Menswear, Main St. Castleisland and at the Cordal Community Centre. Thanks to the people in these two premises for assisting us in this matter. Sincere thanks to everyone who has donated recycled goods as there has been a great response so far.
St. Kieran’s face Feale Rangers in Round 1
St. Kierans will be playing against Feale Rangers in the 1st Round of the Senior County Football Championship at Cordal GAA Club grounds on the weekend of the 14th/15th of May. The time is yet to be confirmed.